18 Uncles — What I Hope to Learn

Attempting to set some goals for this endeavor

Mitchell Peterson
6 min readJul 15, 2023
Christmas picture with my father, his two brothers, and my brothers Cole and Braden.

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As much as I would like to dive right into the details of Upper Michigan and the peculiarities of the “dontcha knoooo” accent, it’s important to first show the roadmap and give reasons for embarking on this bizarre yet hopefully beautiful journey.

Why, after nine years in Europe, having a nice apartment in Prague, and friends throughout the continent, am I flying back to a rural Michigan village of four thousand people, back to the place I spent twenty-three years dreaming about leaving?

Well, partly because I think America is in desperate need of respectful dialogue, and I know my uncles and I can engage with respect for one another and hopefully…



Mitchell Peterson

Freelance writer who spent nine years outside the US, currently in rural America writing the Substack bestseller 18 Uncles.